Words Never Had It So Good
- Kathy Leslie, Martin Kellogg Middle School
This year, our FUTP 60 program wanted to work on helping students understand where foods come from. We incorporated learning about this in some of our weekly meetings. We heard about and then researched the concept of a StoryWalk. We created three different StoryWalk activities, focused on personal connections, healthy eating and physical activity. In our first event, we ran healthy bones relay races. In the second one, we worked together with our school's reading specialist and tied one of our walks into our school's Read Across America celebration. Our final StoryWalk featured a book sent to us by Cabot Creamery last year. We learned about the different origins of some common breakfast foods, and the importance of milk. We also invited parents and connected with the nutrition staff to offer a healthy snack. We had a tour of the school's kitchen and a conversation with the Nutrition Director. All of our StoryWalks included physical activity. We walked around the school to read each story, and engaged in fitness activities that we put on each page. We had fun and learned along the way.
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